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Finding a Therapist for Anxiety and Depression Near Me

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How do I find a therapist for anxiety and depression near me?

You may search online for anxiety and depression therapists near you if you have anxiety or depression symptoms that don’t alleviate even when temporary stressors are removed. Finding a therapist near you for anxiety and depression may be a great next step if anxiety or depression symptoms impact your ability to effectively cope with everyday life and activities.

Can a therapist for anxiety and depression near me help with my symptoms?

Since there are several types of anxiety and depression disorders, it might be the right time to speak with your doctor and seek treatment if you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis or if your symptoms impact your ability to perform everyday tasks.

  • You worry to an excessive amount and on a regular basis. You do not have much luck controlling or alleviating this worry on your own.
  • You have trouble getting comfortable, have a difficult time sitting still, or constantly feel the need to fidget. It is also a good idea to speak with your doctor if you experience other physical symptoms, such as a racing heart or shortness of breath.
  • You often feel fatigued and are less interested in the things you used to enjoy.
  • Your muscles feel tight, potentially feeling similar to a muscle that has been clenched or holding onto something for an extended period of time. Other physical symptoms you may experience include dry mouth, cold or sweaty hands or feet, heart palpitations, tingling or numbness in hands and feet, or nausea.
  • You may have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • You often feel irritable, jumpy, or tense.
  • You recently experienced one of the common risk factors for depression or are experiencing heavy sadness or loneliness that has lasted for weeks, months, or years at a time. The most common risk factors include a traumatic event, major life change or stress, history of depression (either your personal history or through your family), certain medications, or physical illnesses or conditions.

What should I do if I experience these symptoms?

If you experience one or many of these symptoms regularly, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor and search for therapists near you. In addition to this search (which can often be started online using a search engine and the phrase “therapist for anxiety and depression near me”), you may also want to speak with your doctor about natural treatments that may be used in coordination with other treatments (and under the supervision of your doctor). Such treatments include journaling and reflection, regular meditation and breathing, daily or regular exercise, drinking green tea or chamomile, spending time in the sun and in nature, enjoying the aroma of lavender, eating regular meals (including regular breakfast), and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

At True North Counseling, we provide therapy for anxiety and depression. We know that it can be a challenge to keep up with all the activities, problems, and situations thrown our way. It can be hard to push away the thoughts and opinions of others, sometimes leaving us feeling anxious and unsure of what we really believe about ourselves. In these moments, when we are struggling to keep up with the pressures of daily life, it can be beneficial to have the outside perspective of a professional.

What happens once I find a therapist for anxiety and depression near me?

At True North Counseling, we begin all of our therapy sessions with a thorough assessment. This thorough assessment will allow our therapist to better understand your symptoms, your lifestyle, and your individual wants. This will help us move you forward towards where you want to be more quickly than on your own. When you’re ready to speak with your doctor, and consider anxiety or depression therapy, please reach out to us at True North Counseling. You can contact us today at (614) 310-4940 or send us an email via our website. Our licensed psychologist provides psychotherapy to children, teenagers, and adults and specializes in areas such as divorce and transition to college, anxiety, grief and trauma, relationship issues, depression, ADHD, and behavior problems in children. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Can I get free therapy or counselling?

If you prefer, talk to a GP and they can refer you.

Psychological therapies services are also known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services.

What are psychological therapies?

Psychological therapies, sometimes called talking therapies, can help with common mental problems like stress, anxiety and depression.

Which therapy you’re offered depends on which one has been shown to be most helpful for your symptoms.

Here are a few examples:

  • CBT – this aims to improve your mental wellbeing by helping you understand how your thoughts can lead to unhelpful emotions and behaviours (see more about CBT)

  • guided self help – a therapist supports you as you work through a self-help course in your own time, either using a workbook or an online course

  • counselling for depression – a type of counselling developed specially for people with depression

Psychological therapies are offered in different ways, including:

  • using a self-help workbook with the support of a therapist
  • as an online course
  • over the phone
  • one-to-one
  • in a group

See more psychological therapies available on the NHS

What can psychological therapies help with?

You do not need to have a diagnosed mental health problem to refer yourself to an NHS psychological therapies service.

You may be:

  • having panic attacks
  • struggling with flashbacks and nightmares
  • feeling low and hopeless

Perhaps you’re finding it hard to cope with work, life or relationships.

Other things that psychological therapies can help with include:

  • constant worrying
  • obsessive thoughts or behaviours
  • fear of social situations
  • constant worry about your health
  • phobias

If you have already been diagnosed with a mental health problem, you can still refer yourself to a psychological therapies service (or a GP can refer you).

Who can have psychological therapies on the NHS?

You need to be registered with a GP to get psychological therapies on the NHS, but you do not need a referral from a GP.

You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service.

Find a psychological therapies service in your area

Depending on where you live, you’ll also need to be aged 16, 17, 18 or over. You need to check this with individual services.

Children and young people who are not eligible for psychological therapies can get support with mental and emotional problems from their local child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS).

What happens when you refer yourself

  1. Contact your local psychological therapies service.
  2. Someone from the service will get in touch, usually within a few weeks.
  3. They’ll ask for more details about the problems you’re having. This is known as an assessment.
  4. If the service thinks they can help you, they’ll recommend a therapy for you. This is based on your symptoms and how severe they are.
  5. Waiting times for the first session vary. The service will tell you what to expect.

What is Depression & How to Get Help?

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses the U.S. More than 17 million adults in the United States live with depression, according to the latest statistics. Depression affects all ages, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. From the boardroom to the classroom, no one is immune to the effects of this disease.1 Everyone feels down or sad sometimes, but depression is more than just a case of the blues. Depression is characterized by a relentless sense of despair and sadness. With depression, these feelings persist. Depression is a chronic condition that requires treatment. A person with depression cannot “just snap out of it” on their own. The good news is that there are many effective treatments for depression and researchers are developing new therapies all the time.2

In spite of the fact that depression is so prevalent and there are so many effective treatments for the disorder, many people don’t get help. Research indicates that less than 30 percent of people diagnosed with depression get treatment.3 There are many reasons why people don’t seek treatment for depression. Although we have come a long way in terms of changing the public perception of depression, there is still a stigma associated with the disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), many people with depression are still discriminated against when it comes to housing, employment and more.4 Another reason why people don’t seek treatment is that they don’t recognize the symptoms. Sadness isn’t the only sign that you could be struggling with depression. Some of the signs of this illness are quite surprising or subtle.

Symptoms of Depression

Here are some of the most common signs of depression.5

  • Difficulty making decisions. When you are depressed, it can be very hard to make even simple decisions. Little things that you don’t normally think about become hard — like deciding whether to have eggs or oatmeal for breakfast.
  • Unexplained physical problems. Things like chronic pain and constant stomach aches with no physical cause can be a sign of depression.
  • Irritability. Agitation and irritable mood is a common sign of depression, especially in children and teens.
  • Persistent feelings of sadness. A crushing feeling of sadness that doesn’t go away after two weeks could be a sign of depression. Everyone feels sad from time-to-time. However, with depression, the feeling of sadness prevents you from doing things that you normally do, like going to work. You might call in because you feel down in the dumps. Or you might binge eat a quart of ice cream to bring up your mood. Those are signs that it is depression.
  • Social isolation. Depression can cause you to become isolated from friends and family. People with depression may seem distant and isolated.
  • A crippled sense of self-worth. Depression causes self-worth to plummet.
  • Exhaustion. When you are depressed, even minor exertion can cause extreme fatigue. Depression can make it hard to even get out of bed in the morning.
  • No interest in enjoyable activities. With depression, you no longer care about doing the activities you used to enjoy. If yoga used to be the highlight of your day, but you haven’t been in a month or you could less about your favorite television show, depression could be the cause of your disinterest in these things you used to love.
  • Significant weight gain or loss. Have you recently lost a lot of weight? Maybe you no longer enjoy eating. A lack of appetite is common in depression, which can cause weight loss. Conversely, depression can cause some people to overeat, leading to weight gain
  • Restlessness or agitation. Depression sometimes causes agitation and restlessness. If you are depressed, you might feel wound up or fidgety. These sensations can make it hard to relax and interrupt sleep.
  • Sluggishness. Psychomotor retardation is one sign of depression. Psychomotor retardation can cause a person to move slower than normal. It might take longer to perform tasks. Psychomotor retardation can also affect speech, causing a person to speak slower, as well.

Types of Depression

There are different types of depression, each with unique causes, effects, and symptoms. Since treatment differs depending on the type of depression, knowing what type of depression you have can go a long way in helping to manage symptoms. Your therapist or physician will determine what kind of depression you have and develop a treatment plan based on that.

Major Depressive Disorder

When people use the term depression, they are typically referring to major depressive disorder. To be diagnosed with major depressive disorder, you would need to have five or more of the above symptoms for a period of at least two weeks. There are several different subtypes of major depression. Here are a few of the most common ones.5

  • With seasonal pattern. This subtype of major depression is often referred to as (SAD) seasonal affective disorder. People with this type of depression only experience symptoms during one part of the year, typically during fall or winter. The symptoms go away during the rest of the year.
  • With peripartum onset. Depression with peripartum onset refers to depression that begins sometime during pregnancy to four weeks after delivery. This type of depression is also known as “postpartum depression.”
  • With psychotic features. Depression with psychotic features is a type of depression that also includes symptoms of psychosis, such as delusions or false beliefs and hallucinations, which refers to seeing or hearing things that are not real.
  • With anxious distress. This type of depression also features symptoms of anxiety. The person must have at least two of the following symptoms of anxiety to be diagnosed with this type of depression: feeling on edge or keyed up, difficulty concentrating because of worry, feelings of restlessness, and fear of losing control.
  • With atypical features. Sometimes called atypical depression, this subtype includes the following specific symptoms: increased appetite or weight gain, sleeping too much, feeling weighed down, and being really sensitive to criticism or rejection.

Persistent Depressive Disorder

This disorder used to be known as dysthymia. It refers to a less severe, but chronic, form of depression. People with persistent depressive disorder may experience low-grade symptoms of depression over a period of years. The symptoms are mild but persistent.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

This is a type of depression that some women experience that occurs about a week before a period. It includes symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), such as frequent crying or moodiness, agitation, irritability, lack of interest in enjoyable activities, physical symptoms, problems sleeping and appetite changes. The symptoms are much more severe than with PMS and they impact daily functioning. They also occur between one and two weeks before every period.

Treatment for Depression

There is a range of effective treatments for depression. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of people with depression experience significant improvement with treatment, according to the American Psychiatric Association.6 For most people with depression, treatment usually consists of a combination of treatments, including medication and psychotherapy.

There have been thousands of studies that have looked at what works in treating depression. The following treatments are evidenced-based meaning that they have been found to be effective in helping people with depression. 7


There are several different types of medications that are used to treat depression. Here are the most common ones: 8

  • Tricyclic antidepressants. These drugs have been around a while. They were among the earliest drugs used to treat depression. They include protriptyline (Vivactil), desipramine (Norpramin), and imipramine (Tofranil). Tricyclic antidepressants can be very effective for some people. However, they tend to cause more severe side effects than some of the newer antidepressants. So, they are typically used for people who do not experience an improvement of symptoms with the newer antidepressants.
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). These types of medications are most often prescribed for depression. They are considered safer and cause fewer side effects than tricyclic antidepressants. SSRIs include sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), and citalopram (Celexa).
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). These medications are usually reserved for people who do not get better with other types of treatment. These drugs, which include phenelzine (Nardil) and tranylcypromine (Parnate), can have serious side effects. They can cause deadly interactions with certain supplements and foods, such as wines and pickles. So, they require a strict diet. MAOIs are effective for some people though and provide relief when other medications don’t work.
  • Zulresso (brexanolone). The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new medication for postpartum depression (PPD). This medication, Zulresso (brexanolone) must be injected intravenously at a certified health care facility. It is specifically approved for the treatment of peripartum depression (PPD) in adult women. Zulresso is the very first drug specifically approved by the FDA for PPD. 9
  • Spravato (esketamine). Spravato is a nasal spray that was also recently approved by the FDA for depression. It is used to treat resistant depression that has not responded to other treatments. This medication is related to ketamine, a drug that is sometimes abused recreationally. Therefore, it is also available only from a certified medical office.10

The above medications are just a few of the antidepressants available for depression. As you can see, new medications come on the market all the time. Your doctor will help you find the right medications for you.


Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for medication and the research backs this up. In fact, over the long-term, therapy works better than medications — and it is more cost effective. The key is finding a good therapist. To find a good therapist, look for someone who:11

  • Is Trustworthy
  • Has good interpersonal skills
  • Offers hope and optimism
  • Monitors progress
  • Is flexible and willing to change treatment if it isn’t working
  • Relies on research
  • Improves through professional development

There are several different types of psychotherapy. They all have the same goal and that is to help you understand your depression, teach you ways to cope and help you feel more in control. Here are some of the most common types of therapy:

  • Individual therapy. One of the most common types of individual therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. this therapy involves changing thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to depression. You’ll learn healthier ways of coping with your symptoms.
  • Couples therapy. Depression can affect relationships. Couples or relationship therapy helps address the impact that depression has on a person’s relationships.
  • Family therapy. Family therapy helps examine family dynamics that contribute to depression and assists family members with identifying ways to provide support to their loved one with depression.
  • Group therapy. Group therapy can help you gain insight into your depression from other people suffering from the same issue.

Self-Help Strategies For Depression

Depression isn’t a disorder that you can treat on your own. Self-help strategies are a good supplement to therapy and medications for depression. Changing some simple lifestyle habits can help you naturally fight depression. Here are some of the best self-help treatments for depression.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise is an excellent natural treatment for depression. It encourages the production of chemicals called endorphins, which help boost mood. Regular exercise — at least two to three times per week — has been found to help ease depression symptoms. 12

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene

Depression often affects sleep in many ways. People with depression may sleep too little or too much. To minimize the effect of depression on sleep, make sure you practice good sleep hygiene. Stick to the same sleep schedule. Go to bed at the same time each evening. And, wake up at the same time every morning. Avoid taking naps during the day. Stop using electronics about an hour before bed.

Eat A Healthy Diet

There are no certain diets or foods that will ease depression, regardless of what some online blog posts claim. However, it is a good idea to stick to a healthy diet. Research has confirmed that a diet high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains is associated with a lower risk of depression while a diet high in processed foods, high-fat dairy products and a low intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is associated with an increased risk of depression.13 One of the reasons for this could be that depression triggers unhealthy eating behavior. Another reason is that diet affects all aspects of health, including mental well-being.

Join a Support Group

Social support is critical part of overcoming depression. Depression and bipolar disorder, by their nature, are isolating illnesses. Connecting with others that can relate can be an important step toward cultivating a new healthier life. DepressionTribe is a free online depression support group that offers members a convenient and safe place to connect, share stories and encouragement. Plus members have access to a vairiety of self-help tools such as a personal wellness tree that encourages you to complete fun and inspiring activities, and a mood map that helps your to chart your mood daily, weekly, monthly and see trends overtime to learn what causes your personal highs and lows. These tools can be especially helpful when used under the guidance of a therapist.

Find a Therapist for Help with Depression

The first step in getting help for depression is to find a therapist. TherapyTribe can connect you with therapists and mental health professionals online or near where you live. Search TherapyTribe for a mental health counselor or psychologist online or near you who specializes in depression.

How Do I Find a Therapist or Therapists Near Me?

The next thing to consider before you start to search for therapists is the wide range of therapists that are available to provide individual counseling ,couples counseling, and resolve relationship problems. Take the steps to find the right therapist based on the research you’ve done so far. Finding the right therapist becomes easier when you know what kind of therapeutic relationship you’re looking for. The last thing to consider when you’re looking to establish this new therapeutic relationship is if you want to work with a traditional licensed clinical therapist in an in-person environment — or if you’d prefer to work with a licensed clinical therapist online.

Online or Traditional Therapy?

When you’re considering establishing a new therapeutic relationship with a licensed clinical therapist, location is often a critical factor. There are a wide variety of available types of therapy for individuals and couples to choose from. Some therapists also specialize in working with adolescents and teens. Mental health services are now available online which makes it easier for people with mental health issues like substance abuse, anger management, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns to get help online.

Both online and offline mental health professionals have the same goal in mind – to help people struggling with relationship issues, personal issues, and family conflict to learn new coping skills. According to the American Psychological Association, half of American households have a family member who has established a therapeutic relationship with a licensed therapist or clinical social worker for individual and couples therapy. Seeking professional help can be an excellent way to navigate life, resolve everyday relationship issues, build resilience, and reach your fullest potential.

You can get help for depression, anxiety, trauma, managing stress, parenting problems, relationship issues, and other topics in individual or group therapy. If you’re simply looking for an unbiased listener, that specializes in helping people by providing general advice or working with adolescents — that’s great too. The important thing is that you find a professional partner and work together to identify issues that have caused negative consequences.

Licensed therapists on the platform have years of experience and over two-thousand hours of hands on clinical practice in their relevant field of specialty. Besides considering what you’ll address during the healing process of therapy, you should think about whether to see a therapist in your local area or online. The decision depends on your personality, how busy you are, your comfort level, and how much access you have to mental health services in your area. You can start pondering which option is right for you by asking yourself a few questions:

  • Are there therapists in your area who specialize in what you’re looking for (for example, tools to help people struggling with anxiety, PTSD, major depression,childhood trauma or sexual abuse)? Many people gravitate toward online therapy because it offers a network of licensed therapists and counselors who are experts in their fields, in cases where the same level of expertise isn’t available nearby.
  • How far away would you have to drive to see your therapist? If you’re struggling with anxiety, — would you need to take time off of work to get to an appointment? Another reason some people choose online therapy is because of convenience. You may speak with a licensed therapist from the comfort and privacy of your own home (or wherever you have an internet connection).
  • Are you an extroverted person or a shy one? Certain people sometimes prefer a traditional therapy practice because they want to speak with someone face-to-face. Others, however, may not want to make themselves vulnerable with someone in-person, so they choose online therapy. Online therapy providers can help with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues for children, adolescents, and adults. Therapists online practice the same popular therapy modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as offline counselors and therapists.
  • Are you looking for a therapy provider who accepts insurance payments from major insurance providers like blue cross blue shield? Blue Cross is one of the major health insurance providers that offers access to both offline and online mental health services to it’s plan members. If you’re unsure if your provider offers a similar benefit to the Blue Cross Blue Shield mental health benefits, you can contact your provider or Blue Cross directly to learn more.

Clinical Psychologist (Psy. D, Ph.D) – deal with more severe mental health issues like severe anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, and eating disorders.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker – A licensed social worker can provide therapeutic counseling services and resource and referral services for children, adolescents, and adults.

Marriage, Family Therapist (LMFT) – Can support individuals and couples with mental health issues and relationship issues as a family therapist, or marriage counselor.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC/LPCC) – Provide therapeutic counseling services for individuals and couples struggling with relationship issues and life challenges.

Types of therapist, find therapists

Brainstorming answers to all of these questions in advance will help you determine whether you should pursue in-person therapy or online therapy when it’s time for you to find therapists. It’s important to remember as you’re reading this article, although it can get easy to be overwhelmed with many questions regarding the different types of therapists, these are all helpful questions to consider one at a time. These questions are all designed to get you the most effective support for you.


The cost of counseling through BetterHelp ranges from $40 to $70 per week (billed monthly). You can cancel your membership at any time for any reason. Typically, traditional therapy costs $150 to $250 for a single session. However, there are some face-to-face therapists who offer sliding scale therapy. This means that they will charge you what you can afford, based on your salary. Depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find a therapist who offers sliding scale therapy or one that accepts your health insurance plan. You should make sure to call the therapist’s office to verify their prices, and ask if they offer sliding scale therapy.

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Traditional Therapy

You might like the idea of sitting in a therapist’s office, meeting with them face-to-face and talking about your problems. Many people prefer to speak to someone in person when they’re talking about vulnerable topics. You might be one of those people who benefit from eye contact. Some people prefer traditional therapy for that reason. They prefer to work with a therapist who they can see in-person and meet with every week. The benefit of meeting with a traditional therapist is you can read their body language.

You might be a hyper-verbal person and express emotions best by speaking to your counselor in person. For people who have anxiety, seeing a therapist in private practice can help them practice interpersonal skills. Many of us are in front of screens all day long and miss out on interacting with other human beings. There’s something unique about being vulnerable in front of a physical human being. Although, for some people opening up and being transparent in front of their traditional therapist may not be easy. Whereas, they could be remarkably candid with an online therapist.

Finding A Therapist Near You Can Be A Challenge, But You Are Not Alone


What Kind of Therapy is Right For Me?

There’s no “right” form of therapy. There are several forms of therapy to choose from, and it’s a matter of knowing what your individual needs are, and what you want to change in your mental health. You might want to work with a therapist who practices CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy). You can learn coping skills for anxiety and depression. You may be searching for a couple’s counselor, someone who is trained in dealing with couples. You might be searching for someone who deals with those who have PTSD. That might be someone who practices trauma informed therapy or EMDR. It depends on your individual needs as opposed to what kind of therapy is “right,” because there is no right therapy. Maybe you’re seeking a child psychologist or a family therapist. Whatever your needs are, you can find them, it’s just a matter of searching in the right places.

What Sort of Therapist is the Right Fit For Me?

You’ll start to notice different credentials when you’re looking for a therapist, whether it’s a psychologist, who has a Ph.D. or PsyD, a counselor, a licensed marriage and family counselor, or other kinds of mental health professionals. It depends on what your individual needs are. Psychologists can diagnose mental health disorders or mental illnesses. Psychiatrists can both diagnose and treat mental illnesses with medications. It depends on what you’re looking to get from a mental health professional as to whether you’d choose a psychiatrist or a psychologist or both.


A psychologist specializes in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses. They cannot prescribe medication, but they practice therapy and have a wide range of abilities, and different approaches they use to treat clients. They have thousands of hours of experience before they receive their doctorate and can treat patients or clients.


Licensed Professional Counselors have over 3,000 hours of experience, and they’re certified to diagnose mental illnesses. Thought they don’t have a doctorate, they are experts in their fields. They can provide excellent treatment for people who are struggling with mental health challenges.

Social Workers

A clinical social worker is similar to an LPC. They have diverse backgrounds, and they typically work in social service settings and managed care settings. Social workers help people function in particular environments, such as residential treatment facilities. A person who has an MSW (Masters in Social Work) can also have a private practice and treat clients.

Marriage and Family Counselors

A Licensed Marriage and Family Counselors (LMFT) specializes in helping couples and can also provide family therapy. Whether they’re providing couple’s therapy to help preserve marriages or strengthen loving partnerships, an LMFT can be a great support to couples and families.


Child Therapy or Adolescent Therapy

It can be challenging to find an excellent pediatric therapist. It can also be challenging to find someone competent who works with teens. However, there are great mental health providers out there who specialize in working with children and adolescents. You might want to start by asking your child’s pediatrician for a referral to a therapist. After that, check with other parents who may have a lead to a good counselor. Then, you can search your insurance network to find one.

Important Steps in Finding a Therapist

Before you decide on your therapist, it’s important to make sure they have credentials that provide them the ability to practice therapy. Make sure that they’re licensed and that the certification comes from the APA (American Psychological Association). Whether you’re working with an online therapist or someone in your local area, they must be licensed. Check out their credentials and reviews online. And make sure that they have good reviews.

Getting Specific in Your Search

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of therapist results, you want to make sure that they have the training to help you. If you want someone who specializes in anxiety, make sure they have that training. If you want a therapist who works with families, make sure they’re a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Let’s say you have Borderline Personality Disorder: you want to find a therapist who specializes in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). It’s important to make sure you’re getting the right therapist for the correct conditions.

Finding A Therapist Near You Can Be A Challenge, But You Are Not Alone


Scheduling an Initial Session

When it comes to finding a therapist, you have to start with a first meeting. It’s important to schedule the first session with a therapist before you decide if you’re going to see them for a long time. But before you even do that, talk to them on the phone. Make sure you feel comfortable with them, and they have slots available regularly. Ask them if they accept your health insurance. It’s important to know this up front. Get comfortable with their tone and who they are. You’ll be talking with this person for the weeks to come, and you want to feel like you can open up to them.

What to Expect in the First Therapy Session

When you see a therapist for the first time, you’ll get to talk about your problems, but you’ll also get to know about who they are and determine what you’ll be able to get from therapy. During the first session, you’re getting to know the new therapist, and deciding whether you like them and feel like you can continue opening up to them. The first session is sort of like a first date. You don’t know the person, and you’re figuring out if you want to keep seeing them. Meeting with a therapist isn’t romantic, but you will develop a long term partnership with them. They’re going to be helping you with your mental health. That’s why the first session is essential. You’re deciding as to whether or not you’re continuing with seeing them. In many ways, you’re taking a risk. Therapy is an investment. You don’t know what you’re going to get out of it until longer down the line. They may provide you with homework after the first session if you choose to continue seeing them. That’s a good sign.

Questions to Ask a New Therapist

Ask a potential therapist you’re meeting for the first time about their training, license, and make sure that they have appropriate experience in the mental health field. You can ask what type of therapy they practice. You want to make sure they have relevant expertise in the area you want to get treatment in because otherwise, it’s a waste of both of your times. If you need treatment for PTSD and you’re seeing a therapist who doesn’t treat survivors of trauma, that’s not a good fit. You need to see a trauma-informed therapist or someone who is certified in EMDR.

Another thing to ask is how long you’re expected to be in therapy, whether that’s short-term or long term. That’s an important question to ask. You need to manage your expectations as to how long the process will last.

Online Therapy

The benefit of online therapy is that there are many ways to communicate with your therapist. You can message them through text, talk to them on the phone or video chat with your counselor. You get to decide which kind of communication works best for you. Whereas with a traditional therapist, you are limited in how you speak with one another. Many therapists who work in private practice don’t offer phone or Skype sessions. Online therapy allows people who are too busy, or people who struggle with certain issues like social anxiety, the ability to see a therapist in the comfort of their home or wherever is convenient for them.

People who live in remote areas and don’t have access to many providers can also benefit from online therapy. BetterHelp’s network of licensed therapists offer experts in hundreds of topics. Online treatment is growing in popularity, and since there are so many different providers to choose from, it’s likely you’ll find someone who meets your needs. Whether you’re working with an individual therapist, a couple’s counselor or a family therapist you can get the right treatment for you. Read below for some reviews of BetterHelp therapists, from people experiencing a variety of life’s challenges.


Counselor Reviews

“Stephanie has been beyond amazing to work with. She is so supportive of you, it’s absolutely incredible. She is always patient and offers amazing help, advice, and perspectives. Prior to Stephanie I had never done this type of service but ever since the beginning everything felt so comfortable and friendly. Words don’t do this justice, and I am beyond thankful to be paired with Stephanie.”

“Over the past several weeks Dr. Conrad has helped me dive into my personal conflicts and concerns in a way that I have always expected from therapists but never before received. There is a level of personality and respect that Dr. Conrad has given me that allows me to feel comfortable and trusting during our therapy sessions. She isn’t only listening to my concerns, but it looks as though she is one step ahead, thinking of what we need to focus on and what will help motivate the outcome to gain the most positive personal result possible. I’m personally looking forward to continuing therapy with Dr. Conrad and growing in my explorations of self discovery.”

Trying To Work With A Nearby Therapist

You may not know of any friends or family members who have been in therapy. Even though seeking counseling is quite common, many people prefer to keep it private and not to let others know they are doing it. In that case, you may not know anyone personally who you can ask for recommendations.

Although finding a local therapist can be a daunting task, with a few tips, you can search more efficiently and get the results you want.

Provider Lists for “Therapists Near Me”

A great place to start may be places where you can get a list of therapy providers in your local area. One place to begin is with national mental health organizations that have information on local counselors. Some of these include:

  • NAMI
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

If you work for a company that has an Employee Assistance Program, you can get a therapy provider list from them. They may help with paying for a few sessions as well. Students can find lists at their college’s student health center. Finally, your health insurance company will have a list of therapists you can choose if you want your insurance to pay for your treatment. Psychology Today is also a great resource.

Recommendations and Referrals

Although you might not be able to find any friends or family members who want to discuss therapists with you, you may know some professionals that can help. For instance, your primary care doctor likely knows therapists who might help you. A clergy member might recommend a therapist who honors their religious convictions.

How to Assess Possible Candidates

Before you grab a name from a list at random and set up your first appointment, look at each of the therapists on your list to sort out which might be the best fit. Some things to consider are their education, training, licensing and years of practice.

However, this information can only get you so far. In order to find the therapist that suits your needs, issues, strengths, and personality the best, it is helpful to have information on the fields they specialize in and their treatment philosophy.

Practical matters are important, too. You need to find out about their office hours, how long sessions are, what fees they charge, and if they work with your insurance company.

If the therapist has an online presence, you can often find this information on their website. You can also call their office and ask. But, remember that you aren’t in therapy yet. You’re on a fact-gathering mission, so limit your questions to facts you need to know before you begin sessions.

Pros & Cons Of Trying To Work With A Nearby Therapist

Here’s a list of potential pros and cons of working with someone nearby:


  • Your therapist is physically close to you, which creates a sense of emotional security and can provide peace of mind knowing that you can receive the support you need from someone familiar with your situation… nearby.
  • You know your neighborhood, and it feels like you’re continuing to become a part of your community. Seeing a therapist (or psychotherapist) whose office is close to you can make you feel a part of something larger than yourself.
  • Depending on the issue(s) and severity, some concerns are more appropriately addressed with a therapist in an office setting, near you. One example is if you are in crisis, or at risk of self-harm.


  • It may sometimes be difficult to get to a therapist’s office each week. We’re all trying to cram a lot into our busy lives and therapy is another addition.
  • There are people who don’t want others to know that they’re in therapy. If you’re going to a local therapist, you may risk the chance of running into someone you know.
  • Depending on the issue, being seen “in person” can be difficult. One example is if you have social anxiety disorder and it’s hard for you to be around people.

Trying Out Therapists

No matter how much research you do, you won’t know if a therapist is a right fit for you until you have a session with them. Consider the first few sessions as a trial run that you can continue if you’re happy with the arrangement or move on if you’re not. Be prepared to feel a bit uncomfortable if this is the first time you’ve shared your secrets with a therapist. Remember that you can change therapists if you don’t feel the two of you are a good match.

Consider Online Therapy

If you’re looking for therapists in your local area, you might have missed counselors who can meet with you wherever you are. Online therapists can talk to you in the comfort of your home. Licensed therapists atBetterHelp are available according to your schedule and can help you with any emotional or mental health concerns you have. Starting treatment is easy, and you won’t have to wait weeks to have your first session. And, if you don’t click with a particular therapist, it’s easy to switch to another counselor.

Don’t Hesitate Too Long

Now that you know how to find a therapist, get connected with one right away. The best thing you can do is move forward while you’re motivated to seek help. A truly fulfilling life is possible-all you need are the right tools. Take the first step today.


Depression is a serious, but common, condition. It often causes people to feel sad or empty for long periods of time. It can also affect one’s thinking patterns and physical health. In some cases, depression can lead people to consider suicide.

  • What Is Depression?
  • What Depression Is Not
  • What Causes Depression
  • Subtypes of Depression
  • Comorbid Psychological Issues
  • Depression in Men and Women
  • Depression in Children
  • Depression From the Outside
  • Getting Help

What is Depression?

Depression is the most common cause of disability in the United States. One in 10 adults report experiencing it. Most people have their first bout of depression in their late teens or early twenties.

Depression’s symptoms can vary from person to person. Someone’s gender, culture, or age may change how they experience depression. Yet most forms of depression include these common symptoms:

  • Frequent crying and bouts of sadness
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless
  • Getting too much or too little sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Difficulty enjoying activities one used to like
  • Unexplained physical ailments such as headaches or muscle pain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in weight or eating habits
  • Thoughts of suicide

A person with depression likely has trouble dealing with daily stresses. Sometimes the simplest activities—getting out of bed, bathing, and dressing—can feel impossible. Such struggles might make people feel helpless or alone. Even when something good happens, depression can cast a cloud of negativity over the experience.

People with depression often feel anger, shame, and irritation. Sometimes these emotions can show up in the body as aches or nausea. These feelings can also lead to weepiness.

Other times, depression causes people to feel emotionally “numb.” It is common for people to feel as if they never have energy. In severe cases, a person may not care if they live or die.

What Depression is Not

There are many myths surrounding therapy. Though it is important to know what depression is, it can be equally important to know what depression is not.

Depression is not simple sadness. Most people get upset when life doesn’t go their way. But someone with depression can feel so bad they struggle to do everyday activities like eat or bathe. To count as depression, the sadness must be a constant, long-lasting feeling.

Depression is not a sign of weakness. Although depression can sap one’s energy or motivation, having the condition does not meant one is lazy. In fact, many people with depression put forth double the effort to simply get through their day.

Depression is not forever. People with depression can feel hopeless about recovery, especially if they’ve had the condition for a long time. Yet most forms of depression are very treatable. There are many therapies used to treat depressive symptoms. A mental health practitioner can help you decide which type best fits your needs.

What Causes Depression

Depression can be caused by one’s body or one’s circumstances. Sometimes it can be caused by a mixture of both.

Most mental health experts agree brain chemistry plays a major role in depression. The brain has chemicals called dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals affect our ability to feel pleasure and well-being. If the brain does not make enough of these chemicals, or if it doesn’t process them right, depression can result.

But no person is an island. Just as brain chemistry can affect life, life can cause changes in the brain. Any stressful or traumatic event can contribute to depression. Common triggers include divorce, financial instability, chronic illness, social isolation, bullying, and domestic violence.

Depression is not to be confused for the typical mourning process. Grief after loss is normal, and it usually fades over time. One’s sadness or guilt is often limited to thoughts of the deceased. But depression’s symptoms tend to be persistent and less tied to any specific thought.

Subtypes of Depression

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) lists eight main types of depression. Each subtype has its own criteria for severity, duration, mood changes, and behavior. The subtypes include:

  • Disruptive mood dysregulation (DMDD): Generally diagnosed in children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 18. It involves frequent temper tantrums that are not appropriate for the child’s age or situation.
  • Major depression: The most common subtype. The symptoms are usually severe and impact daily life.
  • Persistent depression or dysthymia: A depressed mood that lasts for over two years.
  • Premenstrual dysphoria: Symptoms appear the week before one’s menses, then become minimal after menses.
  • Substance/medication-induced depression: Depression that occurs during or soon after one is exposed to a substance. It could also occur during withdrawal.
  • Depression related to another medical condition: Depression caused by the physiological effects of another medical condition.
  • Other specified depressive disorders: This diagnosis applies when someone has depressive symptoms, but they do not qualify for any other subtype. A clinician will specify the reason the condition does not meet the criteria. The person may not have enough symptoms, or the depressive episode may have been too brief.
  • Unspecified depression: This diagnosis is used when depressive symptoms do not meet the full criteria for a specific type, but the clinician does not specify why. A clinician may use this distinction when they do not have enough information to make a specific diagnosis (such as in an emergency room).

Depression subtypes can be described in more detail by adding specifiers. A depressive subtype might be characterized by:

  • Seasonal pattern: in which episodes occur at a certain time of year
  • Peripartum onset: when symptoms occur during or immediately after pregnancy
  • Anxious distress: including worry and restlessness
  • Catatonia: strange movements or a lack of movement
  • Mixed features: such as increased energy and inflated self-esteem
  • Melancholic features: such as loss of pleasure, weight loss, and excessive guilt
  • Atypical features: such as mood reactivity, weight gain, and hypersomnia
  • Psychotic features: such as delusions and hallucinations

Comorbid Psychological Issues

Depression can occur on its own or with other mental health concerns. When depression presents alongside another diagnosis, the conditions are called “comorbid.”

Of all the pediatric mental health concerns, DMDD has the highest rates of comorbidity with other mental health diagnoses. It often overlaps with oppositional and defiant behavior. Major depression can co-occur with substance abuse issues, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and panic attacks. Those with persistent depression have a higher risk for anxiety and substance abuse. Substance/medication-induced depression can be comorbid with paranoia, gambling addiction, and antisocial personality.

In the case of depression related to another medical condition, health issues are inherently part of the diagnosis. However, people with this type of depression are not necessarily prone to other mental health issues. Individuals with health conditions can experience depression unrelated to their medical diagnosis. Someone might have been living with depression before they developed a health concern.

Some mental health concerns, such as anxiety, are commonly linked to depression. Anxiety/depression comorbidity is linked to slower recovery and greater disability. Depression can also be a primary characteristic of bipolar, schizophrenia, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Survivors of childhood abuse face a high likelihood of experiencing depression.

Depression is associated with various types of substance abuse, especially alcohol. People may self-medicate to manage depressive symptoms such as insomnia. Other individuals, especially teens, may use substances as part of sensation-seeking behavior. Even if the drugs offer short-term relief, substance abuse can cause serious harm over time. Some substances, such as alcohol, can even cause depression’s symptoms to worsen.

Depression in Men and Women

Depression is diagnosed more often in women than in men. Some researchers guess this is because men are less likely to seek treatment. Some men believe talking about their feelings would make them look “weak” or “unmanly,” so they avoid therapy. Researchers also believe men are diagnosed less because their symptoms look different.

Men with depression are more likely to show anger than sadness. They tend to have more sleep difficulties and fatigue symptoms than women. Men often cope through escapist behaviors like binge drinking or sexual affairs.

Women with depression are more likely to attempt suicide. They are also more likely to experience certain forms of depression like premenstrual dysphoria (PMDD). PMDD is when someone experiences severe depression symptoms before their period. The symptoms improve once the period begins. They may even disappear for the rest of the menstrual cycle. (Transgender men may experience PMDD, although research suggests testosterone therapy reduces depressive symptoms.)

Depression in Children

Around 2% of children ages 6-12 have depression. That rate jumps to around 7% for teenagers. Estimates say up to 60% of youth with depression are not getting treatment.

Some children may inherit abnormalities in brain chemistry from their parents. These abnormalities could make kids more likely to share their parents’ depression. If an adult’s depression affects their parenting, the child may learn certain behaviors and attitudes. They may develop depression as a response to stress.

Depression From the Outside

Depression doesn’t simply affect the individual—it can also impact that person’s loved ones. Supporting a person with depression can be difficult. The person may not accept comfort, claiming they do not deserve love. Symptoms of lethargy or irritability can put further strain on a relationship. Loved ones may feel frustrated or confused when their support does not “cure” the depression.

A therapist can help loved ones learn how to best support the individual with depression. Individual therapy can be a safe space for loved ones to privately sort through their own feelings. Romantic partners may consider couples counseling. Parents and children can try family therapy.

Getting Help

Depression is a very treatable condition. If you want to start therapy immediately, you can find a therapist near you who specializes in depression. Remember, you don’t need to be in a crisis to get help.

If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, you can always call 911 and go to your local emergency room. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is 1-800-273-8255.

When To See a Psychologist for Depression

A psychologist is someone who has studied psychology, the study of human behavior. A clinical psychologist refers to someone who has studied psychology at a masters and / or PhD level. They have specific training in handling depression, anxiety, and all manner of mental health issues. When you’re experiencing depression, they are an absolutely wonderful choice.

A psychologist will use begin a treatment schedule involving counseling to help identify the causes of the depression and form a way to move beyond them. These counselors are skilled at ‘talk therapy’, which essentially means you’ll be guided through dialogue that helps the psychologist discover root causes of depression and create a strategy to increase your wellbeing and coping with the depression. For severe depression (can barely get out of bed, not showering, very little engagement in the world) antidepressant medication is probably worth considering – at least discussing with a doctor or the psychologist you’re seeing. At Advanced Counseling Services, we employ a psychiatrist on staff who is able to work in conjunction with your counselor to find the medication best suited to helping you progress in treating your depression.

Psychotherapy can help you:

  • Understand your illness
  • Define and reach wellness goals
  • Overcome fears or insecurities
  • Cope with stress
  • Make sense of past traumatic experiences
  • Separate your true personality from the mood swings caused by your illness
  • Identify triggers that may worsen your symptoms
  • Improve relationships with family and friends
  • Establish a stable, dependable routine
  • Develop a plan for coping with crises
  • Understand why things bother you and what you can do about them
  • End destructive habits such as drinking, using drugs, overspending or unhealthy sex.

Psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy) can be an important part of treatment for depression or bipolar disorder (manic depression). A good therapist can help you cope with feelings and symptoms, and change behavior patterns that may contribute to your illness.

Talk therapy is not just “talking about your problems”; it is also working toward solutions. Some therapy may involve homework, such as tracking your moods, writing about your thoughts, or participating in social activities that have caused anxiety in the past. You might be encouraged to look at things in a different way or learn new ways to react to events or people.

Most of today’s psychotherapy is brief and focused on your current thoughts, feelings and life issues. Focusing on the past can help explain things in your life, but focusing on the present can help you cope with the present and prepare for the future. You might see your therapist more often at the beginning of treatment, and later, as you learn to manage problems and avoid triggers, you might go to psychotherapy appointments less often.

Therapists in Bangladesh

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    • Healing Heart Counseling Unit, Carlotta Centre

    • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), EMDR
    • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), EMDR
      • Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
      • House 121, Road-6, Block-B, Bashundhara R/A, Dhaka
      • +880 01752 074497
    • Therapist Information

      • Dr. Lipy Gloria Rozario
      • Counseling Psychologist
      • Bachelor in Clinical Psychology (Rome), Italy, MA in Counseling Psychology & Spirituality (USA), PhD in Counseling Psychology, Faculty, Deaprtment of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Dhaka University
      • Adults
      • Bengali, English, Italian
      • Experienced with these issues:
      • Anxiety
      • Couple Counseling
      • Depression
      • Family Problems
      • Marital Counseling
      • more…
        • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD
        • less…

      • Ms. Tania Sultana
      • Counseling Psychologist
      • MSc in Counseling Psychology
      • Teenagers, Adults
      • Bengali, English
      • Experienced with these issues:
      • Academic Issues
      • Anger Management
      • Anxiety
      • Depression
      • Drug Addiction

      • Mr. James Simon Das
      • School Counselor
      • [email protected]
      • Masters
      • Children, Teenagers, Adults
      • Bengali, English
      • Experienced with these issues:
      • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
      • Adult ADHD
      • Anxiety
      • Autism spectrum disorders
      • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
      • more…
        • Depression
        • less…

    • Dr Anwara Begum MBBS, FCPS, MRCPsych (UK)

    • Dr Anwara Begum is a renowned psychiatrist in Dhaka and and one of the pioneers of of mental illness treatment in Bangladesh. She is a long-standing member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK and sees patients ……more
    • Dr Anwara Begum is a renowned psychiatrist in Dhaka and and one of the pioneers of of mental illness treatment in Bangladesh. She is a long-standing member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK and sees patients in Dhaka at the Bangladesh Institute of Research & Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM) along with at a number of private clinics and hospitals across the city….less
      • Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh
      • +880 171 5228152
      • Dr. Anwara Begum
      • Psychiatrist
      • MRCPsych (UK)
      • Children, Teenagers, Adults, Elderly
      • Bengali, English
      • Experienced with these issues:
      • Addictions
      • Anxiety
      • Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

    • NIRNOY

    • specialized in counseling, training and research aimed at promoting counseling and life coaching relevant services in Bangladesh and beyond. It works particularly with people experiencing mental illness, psycho-social ……more
    • specialized in counseling, training and research aimed at promoting counseling and life coaching relevant services in Bangladesh and beyond. It works particularly with people experiencing mental illness, psycho-social crisis, challenges, and/or psychiatric disorders in the diverse community. It is also an affiliated EAP provider for referral employees of inter/national companies that offers wellness corporate solutions. Nirnoy has been continually working on developing and adopting psychometric tools and scales to measure different psychosocial aspects of its clienteles….less
      • Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
      • House 34, Unit 603, Road 9A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
      • +880 1715 012248
      • Dr. Afroza Akhter
      • Community Counselor
      • PhD in Psychology
      • Adults
      • Bengali, English, Hindi, Japanese
      • Experienced with these issues:
      • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
      • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
      • Marital Counseling

    • Psychological Health & Wellness Clinic

    • PHWC is a one-stop place for your psychological health and wellness needs. We aim to provide the highest levels of care ranging from psychiatric assessment and psychological counseling/therapy to lifestyle modification ……more
    • PHWC is a one-stop place for your psychological health and wellness needs. We aim to provide the highest levels of care ranging from psychiatric assessment and psychological counseling/therapy to lifestyle modification through group wellness activities.Our team of qualified professional staff have multicultural clinical experience and carry a high regard for client ethics, evidenced-based practice as well as continuous professional development. As such, all our patrons can expect to be greeted, seen, accepted and managed in a safe and non-judgmental manner.We believe that wellness is more than the absence of disease; it is a state of optimal well-being. It goes beyond the curing of physical …less
      • dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
      • Caldwell Center, Plot 54, Road 11, Block C, Banani
      • +880 2985 1511
      • Dr. Ashique Selim
      • Psychiatrist
      • MMBS,MRCPsych
      • Teenagers, Adults, Elderly
      • Bengali, English, Hindi
      • Experienced with these issues:
      • Academic Issues
      • Addictions
      • Adult psychological development

      • Ms. Binita Modi
      • Counseling Psychologist
      • Ed. M, M.A.
      • Teenagers, Adults
      • English, Hindi
      • Experienced with these issues:
      • Depression
      • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD
      • Teenage Issues

    • Esho Nije Kori

    • Private practicing as a “Certified Psychotherapist” from last October 2018 at Siraj Khaleda Memorial Cantonment General Hospital
    • Private practicing as a “Certified Psychotherapist” from last October 2018 at Siraj Khaleda Memorial Cantonment General Hospital
      • Dhaka North City Corporation, Dhaka, Bangladesh
      • Dhaka Cantonment
      • +880 013 04037003
      • Mrs. Sonia Parvin
      • Psychotherapist
      • Masters in Business Administration & Certified Psychotherapist
      • Teenagers, Elderly
      • Bengali
      • Experienced with these issues:
      • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
      • Agoraphobia
      • Anger Management

    • Senacti Health and Wellness Counseling Center

    • Senacti is a digitalized mental health platform provides you with access to online and face to face counselling and psychotherapy services delivered by professional care team. We also pair you with a personal health coach, ……more
    • Senacti is a digitalized mental health platform provides you with access to online and face to face counselling and psychotherapy services delivered by professional care team. We also pair you with a personal health coach, schedule an appointment for you, help you monitor your social, physical, and sleep activities and assess your psychological conditions when you are feeling stressed…less
      • Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
      • House-B/37, Block- E, Jakir Hossain Road, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
      • +880 1970202288
      • Mr. MA Awal Miah
      • Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Psychologist, Psychotherapist
      • Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (DU) and Certified Stress Counselor and trained by CISMU, UNDSS, New York
      • Children, Teenagers, Adults
      • Bengali
      • Experienced with these issues:
      • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
      • Depression
      • Social Anxiety / Phobia

      • Mrs. Sanjida Khan
      • Academic Counselor, Psychotherapist, University Psychology Professor
      • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
      • Children, Teenagers, Adults
      • Bengali
      • Experienced with these issues:
      • Anxiety
      • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
      • Depression

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It’s good to talk, sometimes it’s difficult to say what’s on your mind. Talking to a therapist can help you cope with difficulty and make positive change.

What is Therapy and Counseling?

Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things.

How will therapy make me feel?

Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long run.

If you do experience a period of feeling worse, talk to your therapist about it to ensure you get the best out of your therapy.

Will I feel better straight away?

Usually it will take a number of counseling sessions before therapy starts to make a difference. However on rare occasions, a single session may be enough.

Does it work for everybody?

Therapy doesn’t work for everybody. It is not a universal cure-all. Because you may be talking about very personal and often painful things, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going. Despite this, it is often worth the effort as you can be helped to work through problems.

Counseling for Substance (DRUG) Abuse in Prottoy

In Prottoy, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in Prottoy do the following:

  • Assess and evaluate clients’ mental and physical health, addiction or problem behavior, and readiness to treatment
  • Help clients develop treatment goals and plans
  • Review and recommend treatment options with clients and their families
  • Help clients develop skills and behaviors necessary to recover from their addiction or modify their behavior
  • Work with clients to identify behaviors or situations that interfere with their recovery
  • Teach families about addiction or behavior disorders and help them develop strategies to cope with those problems
  • Refer clients to other resources and services, such as job placement services and support groups
  • Conduct outreach programs to help people identify the signs of addiction and other destructive behavior, as well as steps to take to avoid such behavior. Furthermore, we help clients rebuild professional relationships and, if necessary, reestablish their career. We also help clients improve their personal relationships and find ways to discuss their addiction or other problem with family and friends.

Counseling for Psychiatric Illness by Prottoy’s Clinical Psychologist

Mental health counseling is what people typically think of when they hear the word counseling, but counselors’ actual job duties may go well beyond what people imagine. Clinical counselors do indeed talk people through problems. In many cases, though, they diagnose as well as treat mental illness.

Some mental health counselors help people who have normal cognitive processes cope with difficult life events, for example, physical illness, death of loved ones, and relationship problems or divorce. Others help people manage serious mental illnesses like bipolar disorder. Counselors need to know when to refer clients or patients for additional resources and how to identify when abuse may be happening or when there is a risk of suicide or other violence.

Clinical mental health counseling is a distinct profession with national standards for education, training and clinical practice. Our Clinical mental health counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.

How does Psychotherapy help?

Psychotherapy helps people with a mental disorder to:

  • Understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to his or her illness and learning how to modify them.
  • Understand and identify the life problems or events — like a major illness, a death in the family, a loss of a job, or a divorce — that contribute to their illness and help them understand which aspects of those problems they may be able to solve or improve
  • Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
  • Learn coping techniques and problem-solving skills.

Types of Therapy

Therapy can be given in a variety of formats, including:

Individual: This therapy involves only the patient and the therapist.

Group: Two or more patients may participate in therapy at the same time. Patients are able to share experiences and learn that others feel the same way and have had the same experiences.

Marital/Couples: This type of therapy helps spouses and partners understand why their loved one has a mental disorder, what changes in communication and behaviors can help, and what they can do to cope.

Family: Because family is a key part of the team that helps people with mental illness get better, it is sometimes helpful for family members to understand what their loved one is going through, how they themselves can cope, and what they can do to help.

Behavioral Therapy

This therapy is based on the belief that behavior is learnt in response to past experience, and can be un-learnt or reconditioned through association, without analyzing the past to find the reason for the behavior. It often works well for compulsive and obsessive behaviors, fears, phobias and addictions.

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) : Cognitive Analytic Therapy is a collaborative program used to look at the way a person thinks, feels and acts, and the events and relationships that underlie these experiences (often from childhood or earlier in life). As its name suggests, it brings together ideas and understanding from different therapies into one user-friendly and effective therapy. It is a time-limited therapy – between 4 and 24 weeks, but typically 16 weeks. At its heart is an empathic relationship between the client and therapist within the therapeutic boundaries, the purpose of which is to help the client make sense of their situation and to find ways of making changes.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This type of therapy combines cognitive and behavioral techniques. Clients are taught ways to change thoughts and expectations, with the use of relaxation techniques. CBT has been effective for stress-related ailments, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders, and major depression (sometimes when combined with drug treatment).
  • Cognitive Therapy: This type of therapy uses the power of the mind to influence behavior. It is based on the theory that previous experiences can damage self image, which can affect attitude, emotions and an ability to deal with certain situations. It works by helping the client to identify, question and change poor mental images of themselves, thus steering away from negative responses and behavior. Cognitive therapy can help people to view things more optimistically.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT was developed from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With the main aim of CBT being to change behavior, DBT is also based on the acceptance of the client’s behavior, which can help some client’s with very intense emotions to not feel rejected by the strong focus on change. DBT aims to balance acceptance with change. With certain techniques used, DBT therapists can point out to clients that their behavior, even though may not be in their best interest in the long term, makes sense, as it is often the only way they have learned to deal with such intense emotions; and appears to lead to positive consequences in the short term. In addition to this however, the therapist can also challenge the client to make change in their life and to learn other ways of dealing with their distress.

  • Family Therapy: This type of therapy is used to treat a family system rather than individual members of the family. As a form of systemic therapy it requires specifically trained counselors.
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT): This therapy is based on the idea that emotional and behavioral difficulties are the result of irrational thoughts and beliefs. The REBT approach helps the client to identify these thoughts and replace them with more rational and realistic assumptions and ideas. REBT is a subset of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
  • Relationship Therapy: Relationship counseling encourages the parties in a relationship to recognize repeating patterns of distress and to understand and manage troublesome differences that they are experiencing. The relationship involved may be between members of a family, a couple, or even work colleagues.

Marriage and family Counseling:

Marriage and family counselors help people work through problems and rebuild relationships. Sometimes couples seek them because they’re trying to avoid divorce. Sometimes families need help working through a crisis or stressful time: a death in the family, an illness, a lay off. Sometimes there’s substance abuse involved. Marriage and family therapists help individuals express needs appropriately, make compromises, and establish boundaries. They also make assessments as needed to assure that individuals and family units receive appropriate services.


The PHWC was established in 2018 by SAJIDA in collaboration with internationally experienced and reputed psychiatrist Dr Ashique Selim and Psychological Counselor, Ms Nissim Jan Sajid.

PHWC is a one-stop place for your psychological health and wellness needs.

We aim to provide the highest levels of care ranging from psychiatric assessment and psychological counselling/therapy to lifestyle modification through group wellness activities. Our Team of qualified professional staff have multicultural clinical experience and carry a high regard for client ethics, evidenced-based practice as well as continuous professional development. As such, all our patrons can expect to be greeted, seen, accepted and managed in a safe and non-judgemental manner. We believe that wellness is more than the absence of disease; it is a state of optimal well-being. It goes beyond the curing of physical illness to achieving health. Therefore, our services are designed to provide our clients an integrated solution for their mind, body, and lifestyle to enhance their lives and resolve issues.

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